Jonathan Benko (He/him)

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Neuro-affirming, narrative therapist with a specialty in RF-ERP for OCD. I focus on what matters most to you and always seek your feedback.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

About My Clients

I want to understand the nuances of your story. I frequently meet with people who have doubts about seeking help, or last time they tried therapy it didn’t work out. Many of my clients have been told something was wrong with them, that they are not normal, and that their values and preferences are not acceptable. Sometimes they have taken this on and come to believe it to be true. I’d be honored to talk with you as you continue trying new things and moving toward your hoped-for life.

What I Specialize In

Some of my focus areas include: support with burnout, healing from trauma, and affirming and exploring neurodivergent experience (ADHD/autism/bipolar/LD). I provide Rumination-Focused ERP for OCD, panic, or health anxiety. I often support service providers experiencing burnout, people suffering from bureaucratic or institutional oppression, and those healing from narcissistic abuse. I support couples to overcome problems and explore new understandings of relationship. And I may be a good fit for people with unique problems, prior negative experiences in therapy, or those who feel like their struggles are never fully articulated or addressed. I was ‘classically’ trained in Narrative Therapy, and I have 5 years experience training other clinicians in it. I am also trained in Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, panic, and health anxiety, and I offer a modified approach to ERP that is nuanced and a bit more flexible.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I am always curious about ideas that are taken for granted. I find it worthwhile to slow down and question how things came to be viewed as true. When it comes to healing: whatever helps, helps, and you, as the expert on your own life, know best. Therapy is collaborative and the relationship between therapist and client is very important. A person can get a lot out of just a handful of sessions with the right therapist fit.

I offer online counseling in the following states:
I have experience with the following
  • Buddhism
  • Judaism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 10 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Español
  • Rate: $180 - 220/session


(831) 313-2060 Email Jonathan
555 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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